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of men ghazi. we have an expeditionary diplomatic corps, and they do face very real risks every day, day in and day out. bad things have happened before, and bad things will happen again, unfortunately, in the future. there will always be a tension between the diplomatic imperative to get outside the wire and the security standards that require our diplomats to work behind high walls and full-body searches. we do not want to conner is tee that wire america off from the world. our challenge is to strike a balance between the necessity of the mission, available resources and toll wraps for risk -- tolerance for risk. we've talked about this on this committee. we've had hearingsings specifically about the design of our embassies, the danger of becoming a fortress america. we need to be safe, but we also need to send the right message to the people that we're trying to reach. i distinctly remember feeling and seeing the difficulty of this in vietnam where villages would examine us suspiciously and give us a stare, an unmistakeable stare that raises many more questions than we're ever able to
and foreign policy. a tragedy occurred in benghazi. ghazi is inherently unstable. would that be a fair statement, ambassador burns? you might guess commissary. then ghazi in that. and to this day still in a very unstable place. >> have you read the report chaired by ambassador pickering and admiral mullen? >> i certainly have. >> tobacco include the susan rice for secretary clinton or charlene lamb were responsible, was that the conclusion of this report? >> the report concluded it was terrorists responsible for the deaths of our four colleagues. >> at the report concluded deliberate or less than deliberate effort to cover that fact at any time at the time of the events are subsequently? >> no commissary. >> is it fair perhaps to conclude that in retrospect, mistakes are made within the state department about the allocation of resources and the nature and extent of security that needed to be provided to benghazi? >> is certainly is. it is quite clear and candid in identifying problems that occurred. those problems are unacceptable. we take responsibility for them and we are working ver
voters will determine someone to fill the maine -- the remaining term. turning to an attack in van ghazi, an independent report of the killing of the u.s. ambassador to libya proceedings and three other americans will be presented to -- christopher stevens and three other americans will be presented today. that report will be presented to members of congress this week before a private briefing on wednesday. also, the house foreign affairs committee holds a hearing on the report this thursday, december 20 with testimony from state department deputy bill burns. secretary clinton was to appear but is recovering from a concussion. those are the headlines on c- span radio. >> the ohio electoral college meets in columbus, ohio and and in eastern today to cast the buckeye state's 18 electoral votes for president obama. you can see the proceedings live from the senate chamber. you can watch the proceedings live on c-span3. everything will be held today on raising the medicare eligibility age to 67 years old and its effects. that will be alive today on c- span2. >> "washington journal" continues.
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